Remembering Lifetime Trustee Larry Giustina

July 21, 2022

OSU Business alumnus Larry Giustina, ’71, carried forward both his family businesses and his family’s tradition of devoted service to Oregon State University, creating an extraordinary legacy. He died on July 19 at age 73.

Larry Guistina
Giustina was managing general partner of the Eugene-based Giustina Land and Timber Company, which has been in his family for three generations. Once a Beaver golf team member, he also was the managing partner of Tokatee Golf Course, established by his father.

For more than 30 consecutive years, Giustina served as a volunteer leader at Oregon State. He was president of the OSU Alumni Association board in the years the university faced deep budget cuts following the passage of Measure 5, providing a steady hand of leadership through this difficult period. He was the founding chair of the College of Forestry Board of Visitors. He also was active with the Beaver Club, Trysting Tree Golf Club board and the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He was named a Lifetime Trustee, the Foundation’s highest honor, in 2017.

Members of the Harris Society, Giustina and his wife Carolyn Keen Giustina, ’71, generously supported endowed professorships in turf management and forest management that honor his parents, Nat, ’41, and Jacqueline Giustina, in addition to their other gifts for the College of Forestry, OSU Athletics and more. The profound impact of the Giustina family on the state of Oregon was recognized by the Oregon and SW Washington chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement in 2014.

Larry Guistina at the Black and Orange awards.

“The Giustinas are one of OSU’s amazing legacy families: filled with individuals across the generations who model generosity and service. Larry was an incredible ambassador for our university and his industry, and like his parents, he made OSU better forever,” said Shawn L. Scoville, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation. “What I will remember is his love for his family, the twinkle in his eye and his ready smile, which made everyone he met feel special, respected and valued.”